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What We Learned about What “They Say”

We live out in the boonies, in south-central Tennessee, in an old house that has been sticky-taped together over five generations. Five acres, or so, is all that remains of the original homestead, with an old “baccer barn” (built for tobacco) and a few random outbuildings. The house and buildings weren’t built by our family, […]

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Everyone Enjoys My Squash, Except Me!

In early Spring, we moved from our home in a small Pennsylvania Borough which only allowed a growing space of 35 square feet, to a semi-country house with at least 510 square feet of space available to grow our vegetables. And what’s more, the new land came with its own fertilizer, a heaping helping of […]

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Why I Chose the Self-Sufficient Life

It’s almost become cliché now, the city dweller who packed it up and moved to the country to become a homesteader. So you’ve probably heard this story before. But maybe these stories inspire you, and that inspiration is needed, because it’s not as if society is going to celebrate you cutting yourself off or severely […]

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Easy Weed Control – No Bending Required

Gardening has become an important hobby for me over the past few years. My daughter lives on several acres just outside of town, so we decided to start a garden. This was something we both had wanted to do for several years. Fortunately, or unfortunately for gardening, we live in what is considered brush country. […]

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The Wonders of Coffee

We all have our vices, mine is COFFEE!!! Few things are as wonderful in the morning as a fresh brewed cup of coffee and a toasted english muffin with homemade raspberry jelly – yummmm! Or on a cold rainy afternoon, just the smell of it warms me. OK I love the stuff! Most people are […]

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A Whole Litter of Raccoon Solutions

A couple of weeks ago, Julie J. wrote in from Arkansas to ask for help with a bad raccoon problem. The coons were raiding her compost pile almost every single night, and they were really cramping Julie’s style – she relies on her pile to produce fresh compost for use in the veggie garden. She […]

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A Sure Fire Raccoon Trapping Solution

First off, always “Know and obey your state game laws!” We live in the Gulf Coast area and we have a huge population of raccoons; therefore livestock predation is a constant problem. In my case especially so, as a neighbor routinely puts out bags and bags of cracked corn on the ground outside his back […]

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